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Kingdom of Arakan

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11 Day



In Sittwe, a city which still appears to be in the grips of jungle, visitors can walk to Fakir Point to look out over the Baronga Islands as the sun sets and Rakhine youths summersault into the water.

Following Sittwe you will be taken up the sprawling Kaladan River to Mrauk U, a city which thrived off trade across the Bay of Bengal before being sacked by the Burmese in the 19th Century. The city was also a hub of art and academia, and unique in that for many years it was run by a joint Islamic-Buddhist court.

Mrauk U is not frequently visited by tourists and village life still continues around the numerous temples and old city fortifications. As the sun sets visitors can look over the spectacular ruins while farmboys herd cattle and young girls return home balancing curvaceous water pots on their heads.

The journey will conclude upon the white sands of Ngapali where in addition to reclining on Myanmar's finest coast strip guests can snorkel at Pearl Island and try their hand at deep sea fishing.

Photo: Christopher Marsham

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Yangon

From Kandawgyi Park watch sunset fall over Shwedagon Pagoda before visiting the ‘shimmering wonder’ itself.

DAY TWO

Yangon

Take a Circle Line train through the luscious paddy fields that surround Yangon. Jump off at Insein for lunch and pass by the similarly-named, infamous, British-built jail.

DAY THREE

Yangon - Sittwe

Fly to Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, in time to visit the local market before a sunset promenade up to Fakir Point at the mouth of the Kaladan River.

DAY FOUR

Sittwe - Mrauk U

Take a leisurely boat ride up the Kaladan to the lost city of Mrauk U. Commence your exploration of the palace ruins and ancient temples.

DAY FIVE

Mrauk U

Visit Shitthaung Paya, the Pagoda of 80, 000 Buddha Images. In the evening enjoy sunset as cowherds tend to their cattle and children splash in ponds amongst the ancient temples.

DAY SIX

Mrauk U - Wethali - Mrauk U

Visit the ancient city of Wethali and the Mahamuni Pagoda, the former site of the celebrated Mahamuni Buddha Image now in Mandalay.

DAY SEVEN

Mrauk U - Laymyo River - Mrauk U

Take a boat up the Laymyo River to visit Chin villages where the elderly women have intricately tattooed faces.

Photo: Aung Kyaw Moe

 

DAY EIGHT

Mrauk U - Ngapali Beach

Drive back to Sittwe before flying to Ngapali Beach.

DAY NINE

Ngapali Beach

You may explore the nearby fishing villages and / or catch a boat to Pearl Island to go snorkelling.

DAY TEN

Ngapali Beach

Enjoy your day of leisure at the beach.

DAY ELEVEN

Ngapali Beach - Yangon

Return to Yangon and settle in at the grand Governor’s Residence Hotel, formerly the home of the British Commissioner for Southern Burma.

DAY TWELVE

Yangon

Before your flight out of the Golden Land, you will be taken to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market). The extensive selection of stalls here will allow you to pick up any last mementos from Myanmar.

Climate

  • JAN
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  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
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Maximum average temperature (C) Precipitation (mm)
  • Sittwe
    28
    20
  • Yangon
    32
    8
  • Ngapali
    30
    2
  • Mrauk U
    27
    1
  • Sittwe
    29
    20
  • Yangon
    35
    8
  • Ngapali
    32
    1
  • Mrauk U
    30
    15
  • Sittwe
    31
    15
  • Yangon
    37
    16
  • Ngapali
    33
    1
  • Mrauk U
    32
    9
  • Sittwe
    35
    40
  • Yangon
    37
    28
  • Ngapali
    34
    17
  • Mrauk U
    35
    60
  • Sittwe
    31
    260
  • Yangon
    33
    247
  • Ngapali
    33
    282
  • Mrauk U
    33
    344
  • Sittwe
    29
    1000
  • Yangon
    30
    453
  • Ngapali
    30
    1200
  • Mrauk U
    31
    913
  • Sittwe
    28
    1000
  • Yangon
    30
    501
  • Ngapali
    29
    1300
  • Mrauk U
    30
    1265
  • Sittwe
    28
    1000
  • Yangon
    30
    503
  • Ngapali
    29
    1300
  • Mrauk U
    30
    943
  • Sittwe
    30
    560
  • Yangon
    30
    313
  • Ngapali
    30
    570
  • Mrauk U
    31
    384
  • Sittwe
    31
    300
  • Yangon
    32
    150
  • Ngapali
    32
    201
  • Mrauk U
    31
    169
  • Sittwe
    30
    120
  • Yangon
    32
    53
  • Ngapali
    32
    66
  • Mrauk U
    30
    78
  • Sittwe
    28
    20
  • Yangon
    32
    18
  • Ngapali
    31
    8
  • Mrauk U
    27
    11

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